around the stage when he debated obama. and so did "snl's" mccain. the parodies aren't just funny. they can matter. >> as many people will talk about the "snl" skit on monday as talk about the actual presidential debate. and that's what makes it so powerful. >> reporter: after all, how can the real debate compete with something like this? >> i know the white house. i know the door out to the rose garden doesn't lock unless you pull it. i know the toilet in the lincoln bedroom will run all night unless you jiggle that handle. >> reporter: jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >> all about strategery. that's what's making news in america.
defense. the first presidential debate started with a hand shake and a smile between president obama and his republican challenger, mitt romney. then, it quickly focused on the economy. >> 5 million jobs in the private sector created. the auto industry's come roaring back. and housing has begun to rise. >> i know what it takes to get small business growing again, to hire people. >> reporter: romney was aggressive most of the night. but his comments about the 47% had taken a toll on his campaign. the president never brought up those comments. and romney tried to move past them. >> under the president's policies, middle-income americans have been buried. they're just being crushed. i will not, under any circumstances, raise taxes on middle-income families. >> reporter: the president challenged his rival, saying that romney cannot keep his goal of cutting taxes and not add to the deficit without hurting the middle-class. >> now, five weeks before the election, he's saying his big, bold idea is never mind. >> reporter: other topics included medicare reform and the president's health care
appeared the clear winner in last night's first presidential debate. even president obama's supporters say he turned in a lackluster performance. >>> for the second-straight day tushish artillery has fired on syrian military targets. turkey is retaliating for a syrian attack that killed five people. >>> and miguel cabrera of the detroit tigers is the first triple crown winner since 1967. he led the american league in batting average, home runs and rbi. >>> looking at today's weather. heavy rain in the northeast. showers and thunderstorms from the carolinas down to florida. 6 to 12 inches of snow for northern minnesota to northern dakota. >>> and finally from us this morning, defining moments from past presidential debates, it's not always the real debates we remember best. it's the parodies. >> abc's jonathan karl has a look at some of those impressions that we just cannot forget. >> i can't. the third one, i can't. sorry. oops. >> reporter: some debate moments just don't need late-night comedians to be memorable. for the rest, there's "saturday night live." >> let me just sum up. on t
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